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the benghazi terror attack that led to four deaths including u.s. ambassador chris stevens gets seriously heated. details next. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> debate day in america. vice president joe biden and paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pugh center, 39% of registered voters view biden favorably. that's compared to 44% who favor ryan. when it comes to predicting the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top. 34% think biden will prevail. nbc's tracie potts has a preview of tonight's debate. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the pressure is on vice president biden to try to turn things around after the presidential debate last week. he has the experience on the debate stage to do so. but as you saw in the numbers, it looks like the public is betting more on paul ryan. ryan took a bit of an exertion yesterday while he was practicing in florida saying that the vice president
the chairman of the house of endangering several libyans who have been working with the u.s. by not giving their names when he released 166 pages unclassified libya documents. heading tomorrow night's foreign policy debate are, i have to say, more confusing to me as a consumer of news than they have ever been. we talked about this early on. i will put myself in the category of people who were troubled. category of people who were troubled by what seemed to be a distance between what the reporting and what the intelligence agency seemed to be saying and what was coming out of the white house. i thought that gab was worrisome. we talked about it on the show. i don't know what to think anymore because what looked like it first was officially the u.s. government line was this was spontaneous and in reaction to the video. there was a parallel channel of reporting indicating it was premeditated, the work of al qaeda militants and had nothing to do with the video. there was no protest in the video. that is what happened. now we have reporting from the l.a. times and "the new york times" talking t
. >>> good morning. i'm melissa harris-perry. at approximately 6:15 a.m. eastern time, former u.s. senator george mcgovern passed away while in hospice in sioux falls, south dakota. he was 90 years old. an early opponent of the vietnam war he was, the nominee for president in 1972 for democrats. he lost in a landslide election to republican richard nixon. in a statement, the mcgovern family said "we are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life. advocating for the hungry, fighting for peace." mcgovern long will be remembered for his unwavering opposition to war and war is where we begin this morning. today we're taking you back to june 28th, 1914. yes. june 28, 1914. that was the day that a foreign emissary was assassinated while on a diplomatic mission in sarajevo. that set off a chain of events that led to the largest global conflict the world had ever seen. on that fateful day, a 19-year-old took the life of arch duke franz ferdinand. knowing the dead to the austrian hungarian empire would not go unanswered, serbia appealed to their russian neighbors f
. paul ryan accusing them of protecting u.s. personnel. >> what we should not be doing is rejecting claims for calls for more security in barracks and marines. we need marines in benghazi when the ambassador says we need them. the requests were not honored. >> biden called the deaths a tragedy. the obama administration did not know they had been asking for more security help. >> we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. by the way, at the time, we were told exactly, we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. that was the assessment. >> there was an assessment, but the state department did know from videos that requests had been made and were turned down. a state department official acknowledged testifying on capitol hill yesterday. there was a sharp disagreement over medicare. biden charged ryan's plan would raise out of pocket costs for seniors. >> use your common sense, who do you trust on this, a man who introduced a bill to raise it $6400 a year knowing it and passing it and romney saying he signed it or ma
their ballots. in the closely watched massachusetts race for u.s. senate, a new poll shows democrat whiz breath warren pulling away from republican incumbent scott brown 53% to 46%. last month only a four point difference separated the two. fact checkers are calling out the romney campaign for a new ad implying that the obama administration's overseeing the outsourcing of autoworkers jobs. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to italians who will build jeeps in china. >> not so bad says the ceo of chrysler issuing a statement reaching jeep production whether not be moved from the united states to china, it is inaccurate to suggest anything different. today president obama tours the storm devastation in atlantic city and vice president biden makes two campaign stops in florida. mr. romney will also be in florida as he makes three stops. paul ryan will spend the day campaigning in his home state of wisconsin. let's get back to sandy, because two of the three major airports serving the new york area, kennedy and newark, they'll start to reopen with limited service later
will be able to take a broader look at how the arab world are looking at the united states and the u.s. public is looking at the arab world as the arab awakening continues to create a very uncertain and very fast changing environment. so i'm grateful to all of you for coming. i look forward to our discussion. and at this point i'd like to invite shibley telhami up to the podium to present. >> thanks a lot, tammy. it's only good to be here. i'm going to just present, not the whole thing by some of the findings so we can get on with the conversation, i will present the highlights but i just want to give you a bit of a picture about this particular poll. it was conducted by knowledge networks, 700, sample, 737, that is designed to be national representative. it's an internet panel. the methodologies described in the information that will put out is also available online. i also want to say that it's really my pleasure and honor to ponder through this program at the university of maryland, program for policy and international policy attitudes and particularly my colleague, steve, who by the way ha
of those names were libyan nationals working with the u.s. there's been criticism he didn't work with congressman cummings, he didn't notify the state department, didn't notify the white house. doesn't that give the impression that at least some in congress are politicizing this? >> if we're talking about politicizing it, no one has leaked more than this administration. to selectively leak yesterday that there may be secret talks going on with iran -- >> they deny that they were responsible -- >> who else would have done it? certainly wasn't the iranians that did it. wasn't the israelis. the only one it could have been was the administration. this is a whole pattern they've had. as far as darrell issa, he performed a real service with this hearing as to what should have been redacted or not, i will let chairman issa handle that. he's done an outstanding job on this from the start. as far as politicizing, you have mike rogers coming up next, he and i have stood by the president on a number of foreign policy issues including the killing of bin laden. we don't take partisan shots. i
,000th u.s. service member. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel has the details. >> reporter: there has been another insider attack, the so-called green on blue attack, when afghan troops attack and kill their american partners. so far, this year, these kind of attacks have led to at least 20% of american combat deaths in afghanistan. a group of american soldiers were manning a checkpoint, a vehicle control point, when they were approached by two afghan troops. the afghan soldiers walked up to the americans, they exchanged a few words with them. it's not exactly sure what was said between the american soldiers and the afghan soldiers. but then one of the afghan soldiers pulled out a weapon, opened fire, killed an american soldier, killed an american contractor, and then other american soldiers in that area responded, killing at least three afghan soldiers. richard engel, nbc news, kabul, afghanistan. >>> on this first monday in october, the u.s. supreme court begins its new term today. thtejusttieses. >> reporter: the justices are expected to consider a lot of things. >> repo
to pull the big bird ad, yet there are weightier questions here as congress looks in to whether the u.s. was warned of the deadly libya attack. >> twice in the six month lead up, you had bombings at our compound there in benghazi and it's 9/11 in libya. what other warnings do you need? >> reporter: warnings of trouble now for president obama, romney's closing the gap. the latest polls, reuters has them tied. gallup has romney up by two. pew has him up by four. and we were talking about the polls in the balgtd ground states. it also now looks like according to other polls that pennsylvania and michigan may no longer be safe bets for the president. lynn. >> all right, thanks. last night on the rachel maddow show, nate silver talks about just how close the candidates are in the polls. >> the whole good month that obama had in september between the convention and the 47% tape, you're now seeing the race as close as it's been all year. i'm a little skeptical that it's actually tied based on the fact that obama still seems to on have a lead in the majority of swing state polls. but romney, wh
apologize when he went overseas to cairo in 2009 explaining that he thought the u.s. had made a few mistakes in dealing with the world. many consider it a matter of diplomacy, a matter of nuance. romney points to several examples including when president obama said in 2009 that, quote, america has shown some arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. romney claims that shows weakness which is harmful to the u.s. place in the world. >> governor romney has charged repeatedly that the president hasn't been as close a friend or ally as he could or should be. let's take a look at this. >> and i think that when the president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and israel, that they noticed that as well. all of these things suggested, i think, to the iranian mullahs, hey, we can keep pushing along here, we can keep talks going on but we're just going to keep on spinning centrifuges. >> there's never been any proof that the president said that. the only source for this is an article in the "washington post" by scott wilson who said -- wrote that the president said this in a mee
to shift. >>> and the need for speed. driving 8 amiles per hour in the u.s. starting today is perfectly legal. we'll tell you where. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> well, the romney campaign could be waking up this morning to a brand new political he headache as yet another political candidate makes explosive comments over rain. it was during a u.s. senate debate in indiana last night. richard murdoch and his opponents were asked about abortion when murdoch said this -- >> i believe that life begins at conception. the only exception i have for -- to have an abortion is in case of the life of the mother. i just struggled with it for myself a long time. i came to realize, life is a gift from god and i think when life begins in that horrible situation of rain that it is something that god intended to happen. >> after the debate murdoch told the news conference he was only trying to explain his view that god creates life. >> are you trying to suggest that somehow i think god ordained or pro-ore daend rain. i don't believe that. that's a sick and tw
in good hands? >>> stories making news this morning. u.s. officials confirm that authorities in tunisia have arrested a man who may be connected to last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. meanwhile, there are reports an egyptian militant also suspected of involvement has been killed in clashes in cairo. >>> the fbi and u.s. postal service are investigating reports of fraudulent letters being sent to florida voters in at least 28 counties questioning their citizenship and their eligibility to vote. >>> pakistani police say nine people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of the 15-year-old activist who spoke out against the taliban. the main suspect is still at large. >>> scientists in oregon say they've created embryos with genes from one man and two women using a controversial technique that could one day prevent babies from inheriting certain incurable diseases. researchers point out the embryos are not being used to produce children. >>> and some good news for all of us who call earth our home. government scientists say the hole in the ozone layer
but certainly u.s. importers, certainly very sensitive to the prices they pay for chinese goods. certainly u.s. exporters like the tech something for which has been hurt. the dollar fell today. i wouldn't say it was one-to-one relation. a lot of of other things going on in the sector today. >> romney has been a china basher. they've both been china bashers but romney has been more vocal at it. what about the banks? want to just get you quickly. romney is against dodd frank. but what he really is against is too big to fail. and he said that at the debate last night. now, does that damage the outlook for some of the new york banks that romney said got kissed by too big to fail? >> i'm not so sure about that. i think that if you take a look at how this regulation is, there's a big question mark around it. i think the greater clarity as someone takes a look at this and begins to pull it apart and decide what are the good parts and the bad parts i think even for those big five they'd be better off with that clarity around what the regulatory and legislative environment truly is going forward. so i
it was getting worse. diplomatic security remained weak. in april, only one u.s. diplomatic security agent was stationed there. the rso struggle to obtain additional personnel, but was never able to obtain the numbers he felt comfortable with. i hope the information i provide will be put together with datapoint from others. so and after a picture can be obtained. we need to be dedicated to the understanding, to understand the problems has surrounded this attack in order to find a solution. our failure to do so will result in repeated instances that will allow our adversaries to take an advantage over us. my purpose is to prevent their ability to take the life of another ambassador. or kill another valuable and talented public servant working for the diplomatic service of their country. >> thank you. mr. nordstrom. >> good morning, chairman, ranking members and other distinguished members of the committee. my name is eric nordstrom and i currently serve as a special supervisory special agent with the u.s. department of state diplomatic security. i join the department april 1998 and a surge
fundamentally untrue. from a u.s. senator acting as a surrogate for mitt romney. what she just described there is not what the blunt amendment is. mitt romney really does support a policy that's not just about religious employers, not just about catholic hospitals. it's about any employer anywhere in the country being able to block their employees from getting birth control through their health insurance. sounds awful, right? that's why it keeps coming up. picture your boss. does your boss want you to have the pill? do you not know? do you want to find out? because that is is actually one of the choices you have in this election between your boss deciding whether you get the pill under your health insurance or that not being your boss' business. that really is the choice. because mitt romney really does support the blunt amendment and the blunt amendment really does give your boss the choice about whether or not your contraception is covered by your insurance. and the romney campaign and the romney campaign surrogates, including u.s. senators and the candidate, himself, mitt romney, are
a group of afghan police and u.s. troops as they walked through a market. the taliban claimed responsibility. nbc's lester holt is in kabul where he's been reporting for the past week and a half as part of a special nbc news series on region and conflict. lester, you have been on the ground, what is your take away on the green on blue attacks and this suicide attack which is different, at least the taliban taking responsibility? >> well, andrea, it's really in some ways all related that those three troops killed in khost today were operating with afghan national police on a joint patrol. that's part of the exit strategy for the u.s. to hand control over to the afghans. all the time i've been here, commanders have been wanting to demonstrate and show to me these joint patrols and how this transfer is happening. now the closer, of course, u.s. forces work with afghan troops, that, of course, brings into the question these insider attacks which we've been seeing happening more and more. there was a pause for a few weeks, but yesterday, as you noted in eastern afghanistan, an amer
facilities in libya, but we now know from the sworn testimony of two u.s. security officials who were stationed in libya, that there were repeated requests for more security in the face of rising threats. we just saw that in the hearing that was held, several fact checkers said joe biden was wrong. what happened there? >> this is an ongoing investigation in what was a tragedy for all americans, republicans and democrats. >> this isn't about the investigation as much as did you know, did the administration know there were security problems? >> let's take a step back. this is about the investigation. anyone who worked with the intelligence community, worked on international security issues like this know these investigations take time. facts come to light throughout the process. i'll tell i one thing, anybody that is out there this morning in any way implying or saying the president or vice president themselves would knowingly make a choice that would lead to less security for our men and women overseas in the diplomatic corps or in uniform doesn't know these people and hasn't watched t
interview the u.s. commander in afghanistan says he's outraged by the recent surge and insider attacks. >> i'm mad as hell about them to be honest with you. we're going to get after this. it reverberates everywhere across the united states. we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. we're not willing to be murdered for it. >> nbc's atia abawi joins us live from the afghan capital of kabul. the back and forth of the politics of the war comes amid a new attack, three more american soldiers killed. >> that's right, tamron. three more u.s. service members were killed as well as 12 afghans that includes afghan service members and civilians in eastern afghan's khost province. apparently they were finishing up a joint u.s./afghan patrol when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives. the taliban did claim responsibility for that attack, but that also followed another deadly weekend where two more americans were killed including an american service member and an american civilian contractor that was training afghan security forces at a checkpoint in the province west of kabul. another insid
to attack the u.s. consulate. >> it's a serious issue, a real issue and will come up in the context of this campaign between now and election day. take a step back, what i find amazing is the extent to which foreign policy benefits the democrats overall in this election. when you listen to joe biden talk about the fact that, you know, our troops are out of iraq, we don't know where romney really stands on that, our troops are coming out of afghanistan, we don't really know where romney stands on that, and bin laden, of course, is dead, those are -- >> he is? i mean could they say it more? >> you know they're going to say it adinfa my tum, these are all popular positions with the american people. romney really is on the wrong side of iraq and afghanistan. the president is really fulfilling the promises he made in the last campaign and doing what the american people want him to do. it's very unusual to have an election in which the democrats have the advantage on foreign policy but we got one right now. >> particularly i thought it was good that biden pushed him on syria. are you sayi
's front page of the "new york times" claims the u.s. is abandoning its hopes for a peace deal with the taliban. the "times" reports american officials are essentially giving up on what was once a critical component of their strategy in afghanistan. they're opting for a far less ambitious plan that would have the afghans work out a deal among themselves once u.s. combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014. richard engel has been covering the conflict for nearly 11 years and filed this report from the afghan capital. >> reporter: this woman is about to die. executed for adultery. the man she was with got off scot-free, the taliban recently filmed this video of their justice as a warning and to say they're making a comeback. some 30 miles away in the village, we saw few signs of what the u.s. would consider progress in afghanistan and no evidence that the american plan to hand over to a credible, stable afghan government will work. these village elders tell me once u.s. troops leave, a civil war will begin and u.s.-trained afghan forces will not be able to stop it. >> are you prep
? >> all right, brian, thanks. >>> elsewhere, the candidates for the u.s. senate in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite positions on issues ranging from job creation to bringing home troops from afghanistan. nbc's david gregory of "meet the press" was the moderator, and they also clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he is re-elected, that increases the odds that the republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's agenda. >> if you're going to comment on my record, i would at least have you refer to it -- >> can we -- >> excuse me, excuse me. >> go ahead, senator. >> excuse me, i'm not a student in your classroom. please let me respond. thank you. >> recent polls before the debate showed elizabeth warren with a small lead over scott brown. >>> and last night on "the rachel maddow show," congressman barney frank weighed in on the debate. he explained scott brown's stance and what he believes are inconsistencies in his campaign. >> here's
as it heads towards the u.s. what's the latest? >> good morning to you. 24 hours ago, it was looking like northern new england will be in the mix. the forecast has gotten much worse further south. we have the new advisory from the hurricane center. the 5:00 a.m. east coast advisory, they are put out every six hours through the life of the storm. it doesn't look like much of a hurricane anymore. it still is. but the northern side of the storm looks like a hurricane with the thunderstorms. the southern side already is sucking in the dry air and it looks like a hybrid storm already. so sandy the hybrid hurricane will be more appropriate. it will be that way throughout its life cycle. as far as the stats, it's east of miami florida. north winds at 13. the forecast path from here slows it down during the day today. it's not going to move too much. it accelerates to the northeast as we go throughout the day on saturday into sunday. just off the east coast of north carolina as a hurricane monday. it's after that that it turns back towards the u.s. what has changed from the hurricane center, they
of reaching the u.s. mainland. a pair of response to south korea's announcement of a deal with the u.s. to strengthen its own missile program. >>> he's known as the squirrel. after his arrest, he smiled and gave a thumbs up. but mexican authorities say he is a key lieutenant in the drug cartel behind the killing of american david hartley who was jet skiing on a border lake two years ago. his co-founder may have been killed sunday in what would be a major victory for the president. >>> for the first time, less than half of all americans do not consider themselves protestant. now just 48%. one of the reasons? well, the pugh research study finds many are opting out of religion altogether. nearly one in five say they are either nothing in particular or atheist. and 8% jump since 1990. >>> the mars curiosity rover has been digging up soil samples. now that work is on hold because nasa wants to learn if a bright object spotted on the ground is just part of the vehicle or something more. >> this is what happens when a large group of mostly intoxicated people take on a bull in colombia. amateu
dysfunctional. it's an accident of history and that russia's objections to any and all u.s. proposals can seem to americans truculant and spiteful. what exactly is the alternative? the answer is violence, war, death and bloodshed which brings us to the announcement yesterday from the nobel prize committee of a somewhat unusual choice. the european union. the announcement occasioned a whole lot of snark state side. not a good sign if the e.u. asks that its nobel prize be paid in some currency you other than the euro. jeffrey goldberg tweeted, next year the nobel committee should consider awarding the peace prize to puppies. dave wooegle, this guy right here, nobel me. the team at fox and friends also mocked the committee's decision. >> the nobel committee praised the e.u. for six decades to promote peace and democracy in europe. >> really? fantastic. >> we should have the sports writers do it. >> better opinion than the cy young. >> the e.u. can only hope there's a cash award. they could use some underwriting. >> it's true. europe isn't in the best shape. the limitations are causing institution
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mitchell live in washington. the house republican hearings on last month's terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi are under way now on capitol hill. chairman darrell issa opened the hearings demanding answers from the state department about their response to the incident. as well as the amount of security personnel in place before september 11th. >> we know that the tragedy in benghazi ended as it did. we now know that, in fact, it was caused by a terrorist attack that wasp reasonably predictable to eventually happen somewhere in the world, especially on september 11th. requests for extensions of more security by the mission in libya, however, appeared to have often been rejected. >> al know the chairman claims -- although the chairman claims we are pursuing this investigation on a, quote, bipartisan basis, that has simply not been the case. chairman has w had held documents that were provided to the committee which is in violation of the house rules. to say they are resorting to such petty abuses in what should be a serious and responsible investigation of this fatal attac
" asserts that the u.s. and iran have agreed on bilateral negotiations over the iranian nuclear program. both the white house and iranian officials deny there has been an agreement but on sunday, obama advisor david axelrod suggested that iranian willingness to negotiate is proof that the president's strategy is working. >> there's a tremendous disquiet in iran. their currency has dropped in value by 50%. their oil business has dropped by 50%. and they're feeling the heat. that's what the sanctions were meant to do. >> this morning, romney's senior foreign policy advisor dan senor said his candidate would not rule out negotiations. >> it's got to be a comprehensive strategy. we should utilize a range of tools in our tool kit in achieving that diplomatic outcome. >> he would sit down for bilateral talks? >> his approach is we have to reach a diplomatic solution. he will not rule out any of these tools. let me be clear. as president he's going to have to assess the situation and make a judgment, what's the best way to get there. >> joining us from washington, former state department spoke
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